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Choosing a kitchen for an old house, but want to avoid 'country' styles

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lisbapalea Tue 12-May-15 15:59:41

We are (hopefully) going to replace our kitchen in the next 6-12 months so I am starting to think about the style we should go for.

Our house is a 300yr old cottage, with very low, beamed ceilings downstairs, so I don't want to clutter things up with fussy country/shaker style kitchens, and would prefer to go for something more simple.

The image I have in my head is for plain white units, ideally with no handles, just grooves for pulling out drawers, with solid oak work tops, for a bit of warmth / natural-ness (not a word, I know). This is the kind of look I like (but imagine it with low ceilings!):

I have read some bad stuff about wren kitchens, so probably won't go for this one, but I like the image (and hate the fact it's Linda Barker!).

Walls would be white or nearly white, probably pale coloured metro tiles as splashback, floor is solid oak. I would quite like to whitewash or paint the beams to add height and light - would this be sacrilege?! Our table will be white, with natural wood chairs (have seen some in a Debenhams catalogue that I like but can't find them online).

Does this sound too modern for an old property? Our living room is probably quite classic in terms of style, but I would like our kitchen to be as light and bright as possible - it links to the playroom which is fairly colourful (white walls and natural linen / dark red patterned curtains). I don't personally like glossy kitchens (no offence to anyone who has one!), so wouldn't go that modern, even though I realise the gloss would probably help the light issue....

Any advice or recommendations on kitchen places to look at, would be gratefully received!

Walnutpie Tue 12-May-15 16:10:03

Is it just me, or does it look very 70's? Like Schreiber back then?

cece Tue 12-May-15 16:14:46

I love modern kitchens in old properties. not sure whether that one is quite right though.

Ohanarama Tue 12-May-15 16:15:17

I was going to suggest the same sort of kitchen you mentioned op - white gloss, handleless and oak worktops. One of the weekend morning cookery programmes - the one with James Martin - I'm not sure what it's called - has a kitchen like that and it looks lovely.

Walnutpie Tue 12-May-15 16:15:58

I'm probably just imagining it

lisbapalea Tue 12-May-15 16:16:53

Ha! That looks just like me!

lisbapalea Tue 12-May-15 16:19:05

You're right about Saturday Kitchen! Just found this

(I prefer matt to gloss though, for the units)

Floggingmolly Tue 12-May-15 16:19:24

No, it's straight from the 70's alright, Walnut. It would look as if you hadn't decorated since 1969, rather than being all trendy and retro.
It looks like formica shock

lisbapalea Tue 12-May-15 16:38:04

Eeek, and there was me thinking that it would mid-century cool!

Any other recommendations for a simple white and oak design?

noddyholder Tue 12-May-15 16:40:18

I love it very scandi looking and not at all dated I renovate old houses for a living and nearly always put in very modern kitchens

Walnutpie Tue 12-May-15 16:43:09

Who do you use, noddy? Scandi look need not be dated, I'm sure.

lisbapalea Tue 12-May-15 16:49:41

Ah thanks Noddy! Maybe part of the problem is that I am part Scandi - the kitchen I linked to does remind me of my Scandi family/friends' kitchens I suppose!

Any suggestions for good kitchn suppliers to use would be fab!

noddyholder Tue 12-May-15 16:51:08

Cheaper flats always Ikea and more expensive I use a carpenter locally to copy more expensive ones shock and then add the finishing bits myself. I never use gloss and never have always matt and I build open shelving into every spare corner.

noddyholder Tue 12-May-15 16:52:22

I have heard mixed about wren a friend had one and I love it and she has been happy with it it is a bit more traditional than the one you linked. I always copy Plain ENglish

Walnutpie Tue 12-May-15 17:12:34

Just looked at the PlainEnglish site. Beautiful kitchens! Loved the Osea, particularly.

lisbapalea Tue 12-May-15 17:26:15

Great tips, thanks Noddy! Do you buy carcasses (is that the right word) separately and just make the doors bespoke?

MonstrousRatbag Tue 12-May-15 17:37:08

Go for it, I think it's a great look:

Poo-shaped stool (ha ha) is optional.

noddyholder Tue 12-May-15 17:57:17

Yes I buy carcasses via my builder sometimes but I have bought online too as I like rigid factory glued and screwed Then MDF doors sprayed at a car sprayers gives a fantastic tough finish that really lasts. Always buy handles on ebay.

lisbapalea Tue 12-May-15 18:01:32

Wow Noddy this is great! My plan was basically to do what you have said - find a kitchen I like, then get a carpenter contact to replicate the doors out of mdf. The tip about car sprayers is fab, thank you so much!

Feeling really quite excited now - think I need to get onto pinterest and search for some modern country kitchen inspiration!

Marmitelover55 Tue 12-May-15 21:43:19

I think matt, shaker, painted MDF would look good!

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